PCA/ACA in April

The Easter Bunny usually brings a good egg: the PCAACA conference. Virtual again this year for safety’s sake, many of the usual crowd are gathering to bring you great discussions about the popular culture you love. Here’s my schedule including the much-anticipated round table with pals: I’m still digesting Archive 81 and need to check…

Ghosts at Xmas

As I haunt my home town in the mauve misty snow, I have no new ghost story for Fox Spirit which has been a tradition of recent years. Things are just too… 2021, I guess. What excuse will there be next year? So here’s an ebook of the trilogy of ghost stories written in past…

Song for a Saturday: Grow Me a Gown With Golden Down

A little noise for your Saturday: inspired by the 1966 Hammer film The Witches, which has been obsessing me lately for a number of reasons. Along with all the other things, all the other things. It may be turning up in the expected places, but also the unexpected places [makes finger down the nose gesture…

#PCAACA21 Virtual ‘Reality’ & Horror

Just about every year since…? 1995? 1996? I have headed off around Easter time to attend the Popular Culture Association National Conference — except last year it was cancelled and this year it was pushed back to June. Everything is off-kilter, eh? It’s a great conference: fun and informative, covering a wide range of topics…

Out Now: LOVE from @FoxSpiritBooks

LOVE edited by Chloë Yates Love. That many-splendoured thing. It can move mountains and make fools of us all, but what is it? Does it come courtesy of a cherub’s bow? Is it a battlefield? Endless? Crazy? Only available on a Friday? Well, the answer might be between these covers. Inside you’ll find stories from…

Punk Noir Mag: The Clown

I have a story up over at Punk Noir Magazine, ‘The Clown’; thanks as always to Mr B. I stumbled across a flash tale I had submitted somewhere, pulling the punch at the end as I thought it wouldn’t fly. They didn’t like it anyway. Lesson: do what you want and be liked for what…

Halloween Bounty

It’s that spooky time of year with fun poems and scary stories and so much more. All my pals seem to be up to their tricks, too. Check out the wondrous things to be had: Buy all of Stephanie’s fab designs on all kinds of practical things you need: t-shirts, tote bags, masks and more!…

#FolkHorror: Lullaby

I have been reading the excellent biography of Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin, which of course makes me turn to Jackson’s own writing for various things (some books are still packed in boxes alas, and it is too hot to spend time in the garage looking for them). I decided to re-read this essay which…

Review: Nightmare Asylum & Other Deadly Delights – Sonia Kilvington

NIGHTMARE ASYLUM & OTHER DEADLY DELIGHTS Sonia Kilvington This collection of stories is shot through with a gothic ambience of darkness, disease and madness in the clinical sense. From its opening story death is always close by, reading to lay a cold hand on someone’s neck. The tales seldom wander far from the haunted corridors…

Buy JANE QUIET

The print run sold out long ago, but I’ve been thinking of writing some stories for Jane. She came up in discussion and I remembered that we had made a digital version for printing, so there’s no reason it couldn’t be sold as an ebook. I could go through all the palaver of putting up…